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Chargers Coach Denies Stickum Allegations

Official confiscated a towel from the Chargers sidelines during the 35-24 loss to the Broncos

By Derek Togerson and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Oct 22, 2012  |  Updated 6:12 PM PDT
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Prior to Norv's briefing Monday, the official statement from the team was "We are aware of the inquiry and are cooperating fully with the League."

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San Diego Chargers head coach denies any member of the team used an illegal substance to help keep control of the football despite the launch of an investigation by the NFL.

On Monday, Norv Turner flat out denied cheating with conviction saying, "No one on the San Diego Chargers used Stickum."

According to league sources, an on-field official confiscated a towel from someone on the Chargers sidelines during the team's 35-24 loss to the Broncos on Oct. 15.

Turner told reporters his players use a towel to dry the ball, gloves worn by players and their arms and added that the towel is used by "a lot of teams in this league."

The coach said the NFL is looking into the towel.

Safety Eric Weddle, an All-Pro last year, said he doesn't wear gloves and didn't know what was going on.

But when asked about the towels, Weddle said: "It's not like a big secret or anything. All the teams use them, whatever they are. It'll come out."

Weddle said any thoughts that the Chargers cheated were nonsense since they lost.

The official believed the towel had a sticky substance on it, and that it was being passed to players to help their grip on the football.

Such substances have been illegal in the league since 1981. The materials the official took possession of have been sent to the league office for evaluation.

Find more articles, videos and images from San Diego Chargers practice sessions, post game, and along the sidelines during game time in our special section San Diego Chargers 

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